108 Earthly Desires of a Dark-Hearted Man

Author: Dinkar Pujara


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108 Earthly Desires of a Dark-Hearted Man is an updated and revised debut in English of the author's first novel originally published in Gujarati, his native language. It is set in the spring of 1990, during a border crisis between India and Pakistan, and is an interpretation of actual historical events. A top spy for RAW, India's equivalent of the CIA, is sent to end the critical situation, one that nearly resulted in the world's first nuclear war. The spy, a complex man, spiritually ambitious but hopelessly licentious, manages to mishandle his morally repugnant personal life while trying to save the world from disaster. There are comic elements as well as serious drama in this behind-the-scenes look at international intrigue.

An environmental engineer by profession, Dinkar Pujara has written three political thrillers in his language Gujarati, an Indian language spoken by about 50 million. His debut novel in English is based on his first novel, 108 Earthly Desires of a Dark-Hearted Man, which dealt with a border crisis between India and Pakistan in the spring of 1990 that almost brought the world its first nuclear war. The events involved international leaders like Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev, U.S. president George H.W. Bush, and the leaders of India and Pakistan, along with spy agencies from five countries. The above are historical facts. In his debut English novel, Pujara explores what happened prior to and after the crisis. His other novel about another crisis depicts the conspiracy and assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the world's first woman suicide bomber. There were many theories about who had conspired a young woman from Sri Lanka to blow herself up along with seventeen others and Mr. Gandhi in South India. The author believed at the time (and even now) that President George H.W. Bush could have warned the Indian Government prior to the horrific event since he had information about a chatter between the conspirators, but he chose to sit on it because, "he disliked all Gandhis."Pujara's book was well-received, but his allegations were covered up by intelligence personnel at the CIA, NSA, and the State Department at the time. All three of Pujara's books were serialized in prominent newspapers in Gujarat, India.

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